- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2007

Up to Standard?

So, is the White House really a Tom-free zone — as in Rep. Tom Tancredo? The Colorado Republican is taking issue with a Weekly Standard report about his banishment from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for criticisms of President Bush’s immigration policies.

“That was a pretty shabby piece of journalism,” Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa said yesterday.

Mr. Espinosa was referring to “Tancredo’s Tall Tale,” which appeared Monday in the magazine, claiming that a gleeful Mr. Tancredo had perpetuated the notion that he was persona non grata in the Bush administration. The Standard, however, took Mr. Tancredo to task, citing an interview in this very newspaper that revealed the lawmaker actually had been invited to the White House at least a half-dozen times, “and showed up on most, if not all, of these occasions.”


Mr. Espinosa has parsed the Standard account with an eagle eye.

“Who was it they talked to? Who was the source in their piece? They never actually say they talked to [presidential adviser Karl] Rove. Were they just taking the word of some aide on the other end of a cell phone, rather than a private conversation with Tom? We need some insight on the news source here,” Mr. Espinosa said.

Hurricane Rush

A left-leaning county commission in Florida wants to stop broadcasting emergency hurricane information on one of the region’s top AM stations because it broadcasts Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated talk-radio program.

The Fort Lauderdale-based Sun-Sentinel newspaper reports that Broward County’s all-Democrat commission ignored the recommendation of its emergency planners and did not renew a deal that had made radio station WIOD-610 AM the official station for emergency information from the county government for the past year.

Judy Sarver, the county’s public communications director, said she and other emergency planners wanted WIOD because of its signal strength, numerous FM sister stations and willingness to give Broward County top play, rather than Miami-Dade County. The deal guaranteed that news conferences from the county Emergency Operations Center in Plantation would be broadcast live and uncut.

But Commissioner Stacy Ritter said she would not support a station that aired Mr. Limbaugh and fellow conservative host Sean Hannity, and had a partnership with Fox News. “They have every right to speak, but we don’t have to do business with them,” she said.

Then Rush had his fun yesterday, calling the county’s qualms a sign of out-of-control partisanship. “They are politicizing the delivery of emergency news,” he said on his show. “They are making weather a partisan issue.”

Hard-liner

Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan has connected the dots: President Bush’s new counselor, Ed Gillespie, is on record as opposing citizenship for illegal aliens — the key part of the immigration bill Mr. Bush is backing in Congress.

“Lawbreakers should not be rewarded with citizenship,” Mr. Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, wrote in a Wall Street Journal column last year in the middle of the Senate immigration debate.

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